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Yukon 2020™ Planning Update

(Sun City, Arizona, USA: October 25, 2019) Art “Karts” Huseonica and Lauren “Lolo”Sherwood continue with their planning for Yukon 2020™ expedition. There are innumerable details that must be considered Yukon 2020 branding logo v1 copyand acted upon for a record-attempt. Thus, the reason to start planning more than a year in advance with a four-page check-list of things to consider and act upon to ensure that everything is ready before the June 4, 2020 put-in at a very remote location on the border of British Columbia and Yukon Territory, Canada. For example, Ms. Sherwood is becoming familiar with weapon and fishing regulations in Canada and Alaska. She is also refining her drone usage skills around federal and local regulations.

Training is done on a regular basis, usually at Watson Lake in Prescott, Arizona, USA. Focus is on paddling choreography, steering, and handling a canoe in windy weather. They train using 12′ canoes, but their expedition canoe is an 18′ custom made and custom painted NovaCraft open (Canadian-style) canoe. Training will continue through the Arizona winter to help simulate colder climes in Canada and Alaska. Protecting our skin during the training sessions on the open water is an array of SoulCare products. Additionally, Mr. Huseonica and Ms. Sherwood meet at regular intervals to discuss planning, logistics, and fund-raising.

Alkan Air de Havilland DHC-3T Turbo Otter authorizedLogistics is a significant part of putting together a complex expedition to a remote region. Their Canadian outfitter in the Yukon is Up North Adventures. Once the team reaches the great state of Alaska, their Alaskan outfitter Horst Expediting and Remote Operations will be standing by to provide necessary assistance. Supporting their put-in transportation efforts is Alkan Air Ltd. of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Alkan Air Ltd will fly Mr. Huseonica and Ms. Sherwood onto Bennett Lake using the float plane pictured here. A float plane is the only way to access their start point on the 2,000-mile/3,200km journey. Their 18′ canoe will be strapped to one of the plane’s pontoons. PC: Simon Blakesley

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Recent media has focused on Ms. Sherwood with a feature article in her hometown newspaper, The Daily Courier. Regrettably, the article link is not available. The article was penned by Cindy Barks. As the expedition draws near, the team is setting up several more articles, radio interviews, Blogs, Vlogs, and television appearances. Obviously, the Yukon 2020™ expedition is creating a lot of interest. The team anticipates publishing an updated press release in early spring 2020. For more information, please contact Mr. Huseonica at 443-254-5730 or arthuseonica@gmail.com.

Mr. Huseonica is working to secure two theme songs for the expedition. Although this is not a Jennifer Berezan profile v2commercial expedition, permission will be sought to use the songs as background music for videos and in expedition promotions. It’s a lot of fun to have songs or instrumentals associated with such an endeavor, and helps to create more interest for the expedition and more publicity for the selected recording artists. The team was excited to announce that they secured the right to use folk singer Jennifer Berezan’s song YUKON RIVER. It is well-suited because of the song title and lyrics. The team is also looking for a song or instrumental that reflects the character of the team. All the more appropriate, Ms. Berezan is a Canadian-born singer/songwriter. You can listen here. The song is cued to start at :54. PC: Jennifer Berezan.

T-shirts are still available at our Go Fund Me page. The donation page was established to help defray some of the enormous resupply costs along the 2,000-mile remote route. By donating $30 Lauren tshirt v2or more you will receive an expedition t-shirt. Sizes available are: ladies M and L; crew M, L, XL, and 2XL. The team uses postage paid priority postal mail in USA and Canada. Other international requests will be processed but with postage added fees. Mr. Huseonica and Ms. Sherwood are greatly appreciative of those who have donated to help defray the resupply costs. For more information about t-shirts here’s a Blog link.

Eco-Challenge Fiji 2019 is a Wrap

(Sun City, Arizona, USA; September 26, 2019) Sun City resident and adventurer Art “Karts” Huseonica recently completed a three-week project as part of the crew producing the 2019 Eco-Challenge expedition race in Fiji.

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Created by British reality show producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) and hosted by international survival expert Bear Grylls, Eco-Challenge Fiji 2019 is being produced by MGM Television and will debut on Amazon Prime Video in 2020. The delivery format enables a worldwide audience. Due to stringent confidentiality agreements, Mr. Huseonica is prohibited from sharing race details or race photos.

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Mr. Burnett produced the original Eco-Challenge race that put him on the reality TV map and was a precursor to his CBS hit Survivor. Mr. Grylls is just coming off of a popular run of his new interactive show Man vs Wild. “Eco-Challenge is the ultimate survival adventure race, against the elements, against the clock, and against some of the greatest extreme athletes the world has ever seen,” said Mr. Grylls.“I was very happy to be part of an incredible event in an exotic location,” said Mr. Huseonica. “I got to work closely with some of the world’s best producers such as Mark Burnett and Lisa Hennessy.” He added, “It was great seeing Bear Grylls again and catching up on our lives, including my grandson Carson’s recent injury.”

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Mr. Huseonica’s responsibilities as part of the race’s staff of adventurers and subject area experts included meeting race teams at the airport, race bike inspections, checkpoint manager, and staffing two of the rest and medical camps along the arduous 400-mile race route. In addition, he helped to maintain a good working relationship with the village leadership and the residents. 

Fiji is a rugged volcanic land with dense jungles. Mostly uninhabited and remote, the island villages maintain an ancient South Pacific tribal value system governed by local chiefs. Mr. Huseonica traveled to numerous locations on the island and three remote smaller islands as part of his work. This required daily interactions of village chiefs and their number two man referred to as the village headman.Eco Challenge bure interior v1

Staying in his tent or village bures (thatched-roof homes), he was always warmly welcomed into villages for stays that lasted from one to three days. Children were especially excited to have Mr. Huseonica in their village, albeit mostly a curiosity factor of having a bald-headed white man in their village. The excitement level dramatically increased when the race teams came through the villages, followed closely by numerous camera crews and assist producers. Most Fijians speak at least a little English, so the normal language barriers were not present.

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For this challenging race there are 66 four-person teams from around the world who competed non-stop mountain biking remote trails, paddling down white-water rivers, rappelling down cliff sides, climbing, sailing across open ocean, and pack rafting. Navigation is done with map and compass only. If one member of the team drops out for any reason during the eleven-day race, the team was disqualified.

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Mr. Huseonica’s transportation between locations included wading across rivers, trekking, four-wheel drive vehicles, boats, and helicopters. Many villagers witnessed a helicopter landing for the first time in their lives. One village’s residents and all the school children came running down to the playground to see Mr. Huseonica land and disembark with his five gear bags. He had lots of help moving his gear to where the race course came through the village.

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The “eco” in Eco-Challenge means that there will be a strong focus on leaving the race course pristine. Camps and checkpoints will also be set up and maintained with the idea of keeping the area clean at all times and properly disposing of waste. Mr. Huseonica helped local Fijian volunteers to ensure that remained true in his assigned areas during the race and afterwards.

Upon arriving in one village, he learned that their gas-powered generator had malfunctioned. Although it usually ran only a few hours each day, it was critical to recharge their lights and flashlights. Mr. Huseonica quickly permitted villagers to use his large capacity solar panel and charging battery. Later that day the village’s water stopped flowing. He gladly assisted the village headman in getting the gravity-fed system flowing again by unclogging the spring and stream-fed source pipes high up a mountain side.

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(July 1, 2019) Sun City resident and adventurer Art “Karts” Huseonica has been invited to help staff the 2019 Eco-Challenge expedition race in Fiji. Scheduled for September, the race is an expedition endurance race that claims to be the toughest race in the world. It is a revival of the original race that aired from 1995 – 2002.

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Created by British reality show producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) and hosted by international survival expert Bear Grylls, Eco-Challenge Fiji 2019 is being produced by MGM Television and will debut on Amazon Prime Video in 2020. The delivery format enables a worldwide audience.

Mr. Burnett produced the original Eco-Challenge race that put him on the reality TV map and was a precursor to his CBS hit Survivor. Mr. Grylls is just coming off of a popular run of his new interactive show Man vs Wild. “Eco-Challenge is the ultimate survival-adventure race, against the elements, against the clock, and against some of the greatest extreme athletes the world has ever seen,” said Mr. Grylls.

“I’m totally stoked to be part of an incredible event in an exotic location,” said Mr. Huseonica. “After appearing on Bear Grylls: Face the Wild adventure show, we promised each other to get back together for another adventure.” Mr. Huseonica will be in Fiji one month to help with pre-race and post-race activities, and rest camp tasks.

Mr. Huseonica’s responsibilities as part of the race’s volunteer staff of adventurers and subject area experts will include meeting race teams at the airport and staffing one of the rest and medical camps along the arduous 400-mile race route. Fiji is a rugged volcanic land with dense jungles. Mostly uninhabited and remote, the island villages maintain an ancient South Pacific tribal value system governed by local chiefs.

For this challenging race, numerous four-person teams from around the world who will compete non-stop mountain biking remote trails, paddling down white-water rivers, rappelling down cliff sides, climbing, and pack rafting. Navigation is done with map and compass only. If one member of the team drops out for any reason during the eight-day race, the team is disqualified.

The “eco” in Eco-Challenge means that there will be a strong focus on leaving the race course pristine. Camps and checkpoints will also be set up and maintained with the idea of keeping the area clean at all times and properly disposing of waste. Mr. Huseonica will help to ensure this stays true in his assigned rest camp during the race and afterwards.

For more Eco-Challenge information, please visit: www.ecochallenge.com. Here’s the official press release.

Yukon 2020™ T-Shirts

(July 1, 2019) Art “Karts” Huseonica and Lauren “Lolo” Sherwood are excited to let everyone know about their Yukon 2020™ expedition t-shirts.Lauren tshirt v2

To obtain an official, trademarked t-shirt, please visit their Go Fund Me page.  By donating $30 or more,  you will receive an expedition t-shirt. Karts will contact you for your shirt size and postal mailing address. If an anonymous donor, please immediately message Karts so that he can obtain your shirt and mailing information.

Free shipping to addresses in North and Central America.

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The Go Fund Me page was set up to help absorb the costs of resupply and expedition insurance along the 2,000-mile/3,200km remote river. The entire expedition costs are $17,000. Thank you in advance for your generous support.

Yukon 2020™ were designed and printed by State 48 Print Shop.

Yukon 2020™ Branding Logos

(June 8, 2019) Art “Karts” Huseonica and Lauren “Lolo” Sherwood are busy planning for their Yukon 2020™ expedition to canoe the Yukon River. Part of their planning is the development of their branding logos for online media, decals, and t-shirts.Yukon 2020 branding logo copy v2

Developed in collaboration with a local veteran-owned printing company State 48 Print Shop. They will also be printing decals and t-shirts for Karts and Lolo.

They will attempt to open canoe the entire length of the Yukon River. The 2,000 mile/3,200km self-supported adventure will start June 4, 2020 in the Yukon Territory of Canada and end in the Bering Sea approximately 60 days later.

They will use the standard trilogy of documentation: a publicly accessible GPS track using a Spot_llc tracker, Yukon 2020 branding logo v1 copylocation selfies and videos, and eyewitnesses. In addition, the team will make social media posts. Videos and photos will include drone -created media.

The team’s Yukon Territory outfitter is Up North Adventures and their Alaska outfitters is Horst Expediting. This is a self-supported expedition.

 

Yukon 2020™ Expedition Sponsors

Sponsors for Art “Karts” Huseonica and Lauren “Lolo” Sherwood’s Yukon River 2020™ expedition in 2020 DSC05167 (1)are companies whose products and services Karts has used extensively before becoming sponsors. In addition, the company’s ethics and overall business practices play a key role in sponsorship considerations. Karts and Lolo receive ZERO benefits as the result of sponsor click-throughs.

Epic Wipes extra large wet wipes are perfect to keep the body clean and smelling good on long adventures. They can also double as toilet paper after their first use. Karts uses Epic Wipes around his home and on his vehicle. This is a small, veteran-owned company.

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ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks and gloves. The first time Karts used Armaskin high endurance socks, it was like turning off the blister switch. His feet also don’t get tired and sore like they use to.  He has used ArmaSkin socks for over five years on numerous adventures. This is a small business located in Australia.

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Wild Zora food and meat bars. Karts has found many of their freeze-dried meals can be cold soaked. He relies on Wild Zora meat bars and air-dried fruit for a delicious energy boost. Plus, many of their meals are delicious cold-soak options. They also offer soups and teas. Wild Zora is a small, female-owned business.

SoulCare by CCC skin products for the outdoors. Their natural 20181010_103202remedies are crucial to protecting Karts’ bald head and his hands during extended periods of his extreme outdoor adventures such as the Arizona deserts and in Fiji. SoulCare is a female-owned small business located in Arizona.

Honey Bunchies gourmet honey bars recently 20190127_161226hit the market and Karts fell in love with them. His hiking buddies are always nicking bars from him. They are made by a veteran-owned, female-managed small business in Colorado, USA.

Spot LLC satellite communications. They have come on board to provide crucial satellite communications for Karts FB_IMG_1549545433242and Lolo. Spot will provide a publicly accessible GPS tracking link, texting and eMail capabilities, and the ability to make text posts to Facebook and Twitter. They also give an extra layer of security with world-renowned SOS capabilities.

Beads of Courage are also an integral part of this unique adventure. Karts and Lauren are humbled to be selected to wear Beads of 20181010_103333Courage on their adventure and then share them with children faced with serious illnesses and related treatments. This is a very emotional aspect of their adventure. Beads of Courage is a non-profit, female-managed organization headquartered in Arizona.

Karts uses the descriptor “sponsor” because it translates better for non-English followers. He is in fact an “ambassador” for one of the companies. Believing strongly in giving back, Karts and Lolo has aligned themselves with the Beads of Courage program for the Yukon 2020™ expedition.

Yukon 2020™ Expedition

(Sun City, Arizona, USA; February 12, 2019) Art “Karts” Huseonica is now focused on 2020 and his Yukon 2020™ expedition with Lauren Sherwood.

They will attempt to canoe the entire length of the Yukon River. The 2,000 mile/3,200km self-supported, unassisted adventure will start June 4, 2020 in the Yukon Territory of Canada and end in the Bering Sea approximately 60 days later.

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Ms. Sherwood, 24, of Prescott, Arizona is an experienced outdoors trainer and traveler. If successful and pending verification of other similar attempts, she could be the first woman from the USA to accomplish such a feat in the modern-era in a tandem, open (Canadian-style) canoe.

Mr. Huseonica could be the oldest documented person in the modern-era, at 69, to make such a river trip in a Canadian-style canoe. This will be pending review of previous identical attempts.

For their purposes, the team uses the modern-era definition of starting around 1990, when computers and satellites started to become ubiquitous. Because of the extreme length of this river expedition, the team is using the land-based style descriptor of self-supported.

They will use the standard trilogy of

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documentation: a publicly accessible GPS track, location selfies and videos, and eyewitnesses. In addition, the team will make social media posts.

The team’s Yukon Territory outfitter is Up North Adventures and their Alaska outfitters is Horst Expediting. Watch for more details and and sponsor information. Meanwhile, here’s a link to the Yukon 2020™ press release which serves as their official notice of intent.